In its extreme, the fixation with health food is known as orthorexia, the latest eating disorder where one feels panic for not eating clean. Jordan Younger, who first went as @theblondevegan, changed her handle to @thebalancedblonde when she realised that veganism was detrimental to her health. “I had gotten into the vegan lifestyle so I could be the healthiest version of myself, but I was wreaking havoc on my body [she was diagnosed with orthorexia], and I knew it,” she wrote for Refinery 29. In June 2014, when she announced she was ‘breaking vegan’ (also the title of her book), Younger was trolled heavily with someone commenting, “I’ll come down to barbecue your family later”. Fashion designer and beauty entrepreneur Masaba Gupta points out that a green lifestyle can also be “enormously expensive”: “Clean living is becoming a heavy load for followers who can neither afford nor abide by its stringent rules,” she says. … [Read more...] about Going overboard with clean living?
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According to information on India’s clinical trial registry, where all human trials of vaccine and drugs must be registered, 1,600 adults would be enrolled in the study. Of these, 400 participants will be part of an immunogenicity cohort and will be randomly assigned either COVISHIELD or Oxford/AZ-ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, respectively. The remaining 1,200 participants from the safety cohort will be randomly assigned in a 3:1 ratio to receive either COVISHIELD or a placebo, respectively. Immunogenicity is to test if a vaccine can coax the immune system to launch a protective response that can shield against future infection. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus | Serum Institute pulled up for not pausing vaccine trial
Israel hopes India-China tensions will ease soonIsrael hopes that tensions between India and China will ease and it is in talks with both countries on trade agreements, according to an Israeli official. China, Hong Kong and India are Israel’s biggest trading partners in Asia. Since both China and India established full diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992, China’s trade has increased from $50 million to $15 billion, while India’s trade has grown from $200 million to about $5 billion. … [Read more...] about Morning Digest: Serum Institute pulled up for not pausing vaccine trial, Jaishankar to meet China’s Foreign Minister, and more
DCGI, however, failed to respond to an e-mail query until going to print. Bharati Hospital, where 33 volunteers were administered the vaccine as part of the phase-II trials, has sent its reports to the data safety monitoring board for review. “The phase-II trial has already been stopped and no new volunteers have been added. The phase-III was to begin next week but it has been put on hold as a precaution. Once there is clarity on the reason for the adverse effect, further decision will be taken by DCGI and SII on the resumption of the trials,” a senior official of Bharati Hospital said. At BJ Medical College, Dr Murlidhar Tambe, dean and principal investigator for the trials, echoed, “We included five volunteers for phase-II trials of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. Pursuant to the adverse effect being reported in UK, we received communication on it from the officials and have put our trials on hold.” Similarly, Dr Ashish Bavdekar, principal investigator at KEM … [Read more...] about Pushed by DCGI, Serum pulls plug on Covishield vaccine trials
Two men lost their lives while trying to clean a stormwater drain in Surat on Monday. The incident took place in the Nanpura area of Surat where bypassers noticed the two men lying apparently lifeless in the open manhole. The fire department was informed and firefighters pulled the two out of the manhole with ropes. They were taken to SMIMER and NCH hospitals and were declared dead on arrival. breathing apparatus. CFO Basant Pareek said, "We got a call around 1 pm on Monday saying two people were in a manhole and not moving. We immediately reached the spot and sent two firefighters down with breathing apparatus. We sent them to hospitals by ambulance but they were declared dead. We do not know how long they were inside the drain." He added, "Usually what happens in these cases is that going inside drains without apparatus leads to inhalation of gases including methane and often people don't realise what is happening until it is too late." Last year, a similar incident took place … [Read more...] about Two workers die while cleaning stormwater drain in Surat